- Black sea bass have dangerously sharp spines on their dorsal fin that can puncture human skin.
- The all-tackle world record for black sea bass is 9 pounds, 8 ounces.
- When hooked in deep water and brought quickly to the surface, a black sea bass will often regurgitate its stomach contents.
Atlantic bumper (Chloroscombrus)
One of the smallest members of the jack family, the Atlantic bumpers body is deep but narrow, with an extended belly. Coloration is metallic-blue to light silver with shades of yellow along the two dorsal fins and long anal fin. The deeply forked tail fin is prominent yellow. Atlantic bumper also have black markings on the gill covers as well as a black saddle mark at the base of the tail fin.
Atlantic bumper can be found throughout the western Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Florida, throughout the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico and along the Central and South American coasts as far south as Uruguay.
Comfortable in either brackish water or offshore salt water as deep as 180 feet, the Atlantic bumper is often found traveling in large schools in bays, lagoons and along sandy beaches. Young bumpers are frequently found swimming with jellyfish.
Not much is known concerning the reproductive habits of the Atlantic bumper, but it is believed that the spawning season occurs from June to August.
The Atlantic bumper feeds on other fish, cephalopods, such as squids or cuttlefish, zooplankton and waste from decomposing organisms known as detritus.
Anglers only occasionally catch the bumper usually by stillfishing or trolling. It is not in high demand for food because its meat is known to be thin and dry.
- The similar Pacific bumper can be found in coastal waters from Peru to California.
- When caught, the bumper may produce a grunting sound.